Sparty & Friends South Africa World Cup Report

Photos Courtesy of www.chrisallanphoto.photoshelter.com/

We’ve added a South African correspondent for the World Cup.  I linked his pictures in the comments section of today’s The Morning After, but wanted to give the full story behind the pics.  My good buddy, we’ll call him “G,” here in Jacksonville is from South Africa and sent me the following this morning:

This is one of my best Mates back home who is a professional photographer. Read his quick email and then click on the link to see pictures of a street parade…African style.

Enjoy,
“G”

Here’s the story behind the photos, and hopefully, we’ll be able to continue receiving reports from the heart of the World Cup throughout the next month!

This morning I was woken by the sound of a lonely vuvuzela. In a toneless, one-note rythm, it announced to the world that it is the day before the biggest sporting event in the world.
 
It was before 7 am and this musically inclined fellow was on his way to work, winding his way through the suburbs with soccer on his brain and a grin on his face.
 
As I pried my eyelids apart, and groaned my way into consciousness, the events of the day before came rushing back:
 
It is 11:50 am and the Sandton business district has shut down for an expected bus parade by Bafana Bafana.
 
Roads become rivers of yellow and green, dancing breaks out sporadically, and every second person is blowing on a vuvuzela. Sandton Gucci and Prada mommies dance next to burka clad muslim mothers and chuckling mafuta mammas. Kids stand on concrete bins, perch in trees, and even climb on top of cheerful metro police officer’s vans to get a better view of adult madness. Cars have been abandoned in the gridlock, drivers having joined the party, and offices along the sides of the road have hundreds of employees leaning off the balconies waving flags.
 
As I wound my way along through the soccer-mad mardi-gras, clicking away madly with my camera, my heart was pounding and my face ached from smiling. I dodged groups of 30 or so self appointed “gees administrators“, moved up and down the road with banners saying “Bafana Bafana we love you!” and “11 players, 1 heartbeat, one nation!” Every now and then they would stop and middle-aged makarapa-wearing CEO’s joined streetsweepers in dance and song: “Make the circle beeeega, make the circle beeeega!”
 
It was magic.
 
I am not going to say anything else, check out the pics on the link below…
 
http://chrisallanphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery/It-is-here/G0000VmHu9WoeWYo
 
What I will say is that if I am woken up not by melodious birdsong, but by a toneless vuvuzela every morning for the next 11 weeks… I will be ok with that.
 
Have a great day.

Chris

56 thoughts on “Sparty & Friends South Africa World Cup Report

  1. So hyped to get up early as hell tomorrow morning, hit the bar and drink all day, watching soccer.

    I was hoping the buzzing would be gone after everyone complained about it in the Confederations Cup last year, no such luck.

    • Call me old school, but I thought you were supposed to lick a vuvuzela.  (Quote)

      somebody has to give cabbage a +1 for that. So I will. +1

    • How did JP end up in the GITC shit list?  

      Sparty has had issues with my posting time. Something i have been working on. At least this wont be an issue when you have to move your clock.

      • Sparty has had issues with my posting time. Something i have been working on. At least this wont be an issue when you have to move your clock.  

        We’ve already moved our clocks for the summer. Won’t touch them again until the fall

        And for the record your posting time has been fine for those further west of the eastern time zone in the states as it’s been up before i got to work each monday

  2. please tell me Boise is going to keep that historic rivalry with Idaho alive…pleeeeeeeeeeeeease don’t sell out, Boise!

    • please tell me Boise is going to keep that historic rivalry with Idaho alive…pleeeeeeeeeeeeease don’t sell out, Boise!  

      It doesn’t appear that the Idaho legislature was strong enough to package the pair

  3. We’ve had a complaint with this website’s writers badgering another writer about his sexuality. Expect legal action, with lots of testimony. And not just any testimony, testimony with PIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII-ZAZ

  4. Sparty has had issues with my posting time. Something i have been working on. At least this wont be an issue when you have to move your clock.  

    We’re moving our clocks to Philippines’ time?

  5. Texas is blaming Nebraska for the demise of the Big 12 and Nebraska is blaming Missouri

  6. They want to start playing in 2011 and Administrators and coaches both voted unanimously to join the big 10

    • Izzo meeting with team right now…oh no…  (Quote)

      “boys, i’m going to take a page out of chris peterson’s playbook. i was going to cleveland but just to piss on an ‘idiot blog’ i’m sticking around”

  7. Are they playing this game under powerlines or is there a swarm of angry bees?

    • Are they playing this game under powerlines or is there a swarm of angry bees?  (Quote)

      It’s the sound of the French sucking.

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